April 21, 1985
"A.D." set a new low for television pseudo-dramas. It was ridiculous and a waste of good acting talent. There was no story. It ended abruptly with nothing resolved. Most of the movie seemed to be a travelogue set in the Middle East. Henry Duval, Arcadia
August 30, 1987
What a perfectly beautiful descriptive travelogue of Ohio's Plain People country that Betty Hughes brought us Aug. 9. My travel to the fall foliage of the Eastern states last year included the Amish country of Lancaster County, Pa., which I can single out as the highlight of the tour. Thanks to Hughes for taking me back vicariously to the ever interesting Amish country and its peoples, and educating us that there are more such settlements as in Ohio, which she so superbly described.
September 7, 1985 |
The opening program of "Music in Time," a 16-part weekly series hosted by James Galway devoted to a history of classical music (KCET Channel 28, Sunday at 6 p.m.), pretends to be a sneak peek at what lies ahead. In reality, it is a hopeless hodgepodge of stiff performance snippets that will leave the viewer bothered and bewildered. On screen, Galway is charming--though the stuffy off-screen narrator isn't.
December 2, 2001
Having just returned from a weekend trip to Acadiana for the Basile Swine Festival and a traditional boucherie hosted by friends, I read with interest "Cajun Country Ramble" (Nov. 11) by Judith Fein. The beauty and riches of Acadiana are great and vast, and no one could be expected to experience them all in one trip or mention them all in a single travelogue. I was nonetheless disappointed to see no mention of the Savoy Music Center (or anything else) in Eunice, where some of the most traditional Cajun music can be experienced from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday in one of the most traditional settings.
March 16, 1996
Tom Shales rightly bemoaned the blatant exploitation of Elizabeth Taylor's Black Pearls fragrance on CBS' Monday night sitcoms ("CBS Follows the Scent of Missing Pearls," Feb. 28). The timing couldn't be more disturbing, for the next night "Roseanne" on ABC did a relentlessly unfunny 30-minute travelogue on Walt Disney World. The entire Conner clan mingled with Mickey and Goofy like a lobotomized Snow White and the Dozen Dweebs, pitching everything from the great food to the exciting rides to the classy hotel accommodations.
May 15, 1987 |
Robert Rauschenberg is a famous artist. Hence, much of what he does is rendered slightly out of focus by the success of past achievements and the glamour associated with his name. One thing that's clear, however, is the intelligence and innovation that's informed much of his best work. His "combine" paintings, some of which currently fill a small room at the Temporary Contemporary, introduced a new vernacular vocabulary of scavenged materials in the '50s.